German budget boost for solar heating

Environment ministry wins battle to ring-fence green electricity ecotax revenue

The German government is to provide far greater financial support for the use of renewable energy as part of its 2002 budget, settling a drawn-out disagreement between the environment and economics ministries.

Funding, mainly to the benefit of thermal solar technology, will be increased from euros 128m (DM250m) to euros 204m. A proposal by economics minister Werner Müller to instead cut support by euros 36m had been incorporated in a draft budget, triggering a row with Green environment minister Jürgen Trittin.

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